140m of Asian gold stolen in UK since 2013

Some police forces – such as Gwent and North Wales Police – were unable to provide data but have previously warned that Asian families were being specifically targeted in their areas. ‘Family heirlooms’ stolen Police officers said that in some of the burglaries victims owned large amounts of jewellery, but that was not always the case. In Cheshire, police set up a dedicated team to work with members of the community after a series of Asian gold-related burglaries. Officers tracked groups of criminals who were working across the North West, into north Wales and the Midlands. Their operation led to a number of convictions. But Aaron Duggan, head of crime at Cheshire Police, said one of the challenges they face …

How Borussia Dortmund is leading football’s fight against the far right in Germany

Dortmund, Germany (CNN)As a child, Daniel Lrcher remembers hearing the chanting on the terrace at his beloved Borussia Dortmund. Follow @cnnsport Anti-Semitic songs and monkey chants aimed at black players were not unusual in the late ’80s and ’90s, Lörcher recalls, but it was also the moment he believes football began to wake up to the hatred which had embedded itself within the sport. At clubs like Dortmund, it was the supporters who took control of the fight against racism, working with the club to eradicate the far-right element that had been part of Dortmund’s support throughout the 1980s. “At the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the hooligan movement was very strong in Germany, ” Lörcher, a former …

Guitarist Dick Dale, surf rock pioneer, is dead at 81

(CNN)Guitarist Dick Dale, whose fast, thunderous sound pioneered the California “surf rock” genre of the early 1960s and gained a new generation of fans decades later through its appearance in “Pulp Fiction,” has died. He was 81. Quentin Tarantino used it over the opening credits of “Pulp Fiction,” giving the song a new veneer of retro cool, and the Black Eyed Peas sampled it prominently in “Pump It,” their 2006 hit. That same year the song also appeared in a “Guitar Hero” video game. Dale’s early fame and impact brought him the nickname, “King of the Surf Guitar.” “I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale passing. Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence on all of us, and we covered …

Leukemia survivor meets the bone marrow donor who saved her life

(CNN)To the travelers at the train station in Cologne, Germany, they probably seemed like two old friends embracing after a long time apart. But it was actually a long-awaited meeting between strangers — a two-time cancer survivor finally seeing the bone marrow donor who saved her life. Beth Wilson, 36, an intensive care nurse, was diagnosed 10 years ago with adenocarcinoma in her small intestine. She went through six months of chemotherapy and beat the cancer, but was then diagnosed with leukemia, one of the risks of chemo. Wilson said she believes the chemo was the likely cause. A German university student was a match Alina Theine, 24, was one of those matches. The resident of Cologne, Germany, had registered …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

Former Labour MPs ‘booted’ off committee

A total of 17 Labour MPs rebelled and voted against their party’s motion, while 64 Labour MPs, including Mr Corbyn, abstained. Independent Group MP Mr Gapes said the decision was “a sad day for the independence of select committees”. Skip Twitter post by @MikeGapes So despite the unanimous support of my @CommonsForeign colleagues I have been purged by a vote of the House 199-134. Government had free vote. Labour were whipped. Thank you to those Labour MPs who defied the whip. This is a sad day for the independence of Select Committees. — Mike Gapes (@MikeGapes) March 19, 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Austin said Mr Corbyn “wants to boot me off this committee because I stood …

Crowds celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Image copyright Victoria Jones/PA Wire There have also been celebrations in Belfast, Dublin, Londonderry, Armagh, Newry, Enniskillen, Downpatrick and Edinburgh. Manchester staged its events last weekend. Image copyright Victoria Jones/PA Wire The Birmingham parade has been running from Digbeth since 1996. Image caption Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day parade was hit by a rain and hail storm “Throughout the years we have been subjected to all weathers, getting sunburn one year and coming close to frostbite the next,” said Gerry Jones from Off Our Trolly Arts, which is part of the festival. “I hope in some way we have made a difference to add colour and spectacle, to create wonderful memories for both the children taking part, and the tens of …

Public asked to capture spring arriving

Image copyright Justin Minns/National Trust Dr David Bullock, head of species and habitats conservation at the National Trust, which is involved in the project, said it was an effort to document “nature starting to wake up”. “This is an amazing time of year. Blink, and you might miss the first bumble bee,” he said. “Wherever you are in the country, there is lots that you can look out for. “From the frogs in ponds to the honey bees finding nectar in the last of the snowdrops; the powerful songster – the mistle thrush – pronouncing its presence from the very top of the tallest tree to hungry badgers excavating lawns searching for grubs and juicy plant roots.” Related Topics Wildlife …

What to expect from the Four Weddings charity sequel

Image caption What will have become of the characters a quarter of a century on? Curtis has revealed some details of the sequel’s plot. Two Oscar nominations and a hit song (and THAT dress) Why did we fall in love with Four Weddings? Clarisse Loughrey, culture reporter for The Independent, says its very Britishness was one of the keys to its success. “There’s a touch of national pride to it, I think,” she says. “The rom-com genre is otherwise completely dominated by Hollywood, but Four Weddings and a Funeral is a film that feels British to its very core – all the way from Hugh Grant’s floppy hair to the delightfully profusive swearing.” Sarah O’Connell, film critic and host of …

Brenton Tarrant: From gym trainer to murder suspect

(CNN)The Australian man charged with murder in connection with terrorist shootings at two New Zealand mosques that left dozens dead was a frequent traveler who spent time in Pakistan, Turkey and Bulgaria, among other countries in recent years. No criminal history in New Zealand or Australia To residents of his former hometown, Tarrant, 28, seemed a “relatively normal” person. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views. He used to work at the Big River Squash & Fitness Centre in the northern New South Wales town of Grafton. Gym manager Tracey Gray, who employed Tarrant for several years in the late 2000s, told CNN affiliate …

Christchurch has been struck by tragedy before

(CNN)The unprecedented attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, in which at least 49 people died and 20 were seriously injured, have left a peaceful nation reeling. While New Zealand is accustomed to earthquakes, few have been as devastating as that tremor, which killed 185 people, injured 6,000 and damaged 170,000 buildings. The bulk of the deaths occurred when a six-story office block, the CTV Building, collapsed during the quake. According to official figures, 115 people were killed in the CTV Building, 18 people died in the PGC office building, eight people died on buses and 28 people died elsewhere in central Christchurch, while 12 victims were in suburban locations. Another four deaths were found to …

Amanda Holden first choice for Smack The Pony

“Come the series, Amanda dropped out and Doon Mackichan joined the gang, with Sarah Alexander as our ‘regular guest’. ” Holden, who’s now best known as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, still appeared in Smack The Pony, featuring in four episodes of the show’s first series. Making a comedy classic When it first went on air on 19 March 1999, Smack The Pony stood out as a primetime, female-led sketch show. There were some popular shows with female stars, like French and Saunders, and Victoria Wood’s As Seen on TV, but these were hugely outnumbered by male-dominated sketch shows, such as BBC Two’s The Fast Show and Channel Four’s Harry Hill. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allen, …

All your burning St. Patrick’s Day questions answered

(CNN)Every March 17, the world suddenly looks a bit greener as people don the color to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Who was St. Patrick? St. Patrick was a Christian missionary who converted the Irish people to Christianity. He was born in Britain in 385 AD and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. Six years later, he escaped to a French monastery, became a priest and returned to Ireland to spread the teachings of Christianity. Legend says that he also drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, biologists say there were never any snakes in Ireland in the first place. How do people celebrate? The original color of St. Patrick’s Day was actually blue. But over time, …

Prisoners in England to be taught code

The hope is that the trials will eventually lead to a network of coding workshops in UK prisons. The programme is modelled on the Last Mile project in the San Quentin prison, in California, which has helped almost 500 offenders find jobs after release, with none of those taking part reoffending. That compares with a national reoffending rate in the US of 55%. Reoffending in the UK is estimated to cost around £15bn, according to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Minster for Digital Margot James said: “The government is committed to stopping the cycle of reoffending and a valuable asset to prevent recidivism is employment. “Equipping offenders with coding skills will help them into life-changing work and …

The King Of The Surf Guitar Has Died

Dale, whose work included the 1962 hit “Misirlou” that was featured in the film “Pulp Fiction,” died on Saturday night. The popularity of surf music faded in the United States with the advent of rock’s “British Invasion” but Dale would have a career revival that started in the 1990s. He often said he kept performing because he wanted to “die onstage with an explosion of body parts.” But Dale also told interviewers he was on the road because he needed to earn $3,000 a month to pay medical expenses not covered by insurance after bouts with cancer, diabetes and back problems. He said he also liked to inspire people who might be having a tough time. Dale said his fans …

New Zealand PM full speech: ‘This can only be described as a terrorist attack’

(CNN)Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described Friday’s mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” It is with extreme sadness that I tell you that, as at 7 p.m. tonight, we believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence. 10 have died at Linwood Avenue Mosque, 3 of which were outside the mosque itself. A further 30 have been killed at Deans Avenue Mosque. There are also more than 20 seriously injured who are currently in Christchurch A&E. It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned. Two explosive …